Jamilla Deville
Aerial, pole, cabaret, burlesque performer
Internationally awarded pole instructor

Upcoming Tours

Jamilla 2017 PromoAlthough I LOVE my Vegas life, and especially my classes at Shine Fitness, 2017 is also bringing me some very exciting touring, both domestic and international. Here are a few of my upcoming adventures:

March 18: Nicki Dark Fitness, Memphis, TN – 1pm Dance It Out; 2.15pm Extend Yourself; 2.50pm Signature Moves

April 2: LAPD (London Academy of Pole Dance)

April 3: Pole Fitness Malta

April 7-9: Pole Fitness Pantera, Slovenia

With thanks to my management, Poles On Tour.

Contact the studios above for all bookings and enquiries, or Poles On Tour to book me for your studio. I can’t wait to meet pole dancers from all of these places and more!

 

Teaching: The Art of Spotting

Teaching is an art all of its own; it’s every bit as much my passion as performing. Spotting, too, is an art all of its own. An experienced instructor will know how to keep a student safe and give them the grip, engagement and feel of a move, without taking the work completely away from them.

Teaching is an art all of its own. It's every bit as much my passion as performing. Being a great coach involves knowing what the right level is for each individual student and making each class about them and what best serves them. And spotting is a huge part of taking a student from A to Z. Spotting is an art too: it should be used to maintain safety and allow a student to experience how a move should FEEL and grip. There is a true art in knowing how to spot just enough without taking the onus of the effort away from the student. This was part of my first class of the day. Friday mornings (10am) ROCK at @shinefitnesslv! With thanks to my pole stars @tsunamigina and @belenaenora ??❤??✨ Oh, PS: I'm wearing limited edition @dragonflybrand shorts ?? #artofpole #extendyourself #jamilladeville #poledance #poleathlete #poleathletics #fit #fitgirls #girlswithmuscle #girlswholift #fitfam #fitness #love #lasvegas #vegas

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Warm Up

WARM UP

Warm UpOne of my coaches once said, “The way you approach your warm up will be directly reflected in your workout”, and truer words were never spoken. My pole warm ups are notoriously comprehensive, and never rushed. I create and deliver them that way to ensure that my students have the opportunity to be fully prepared for the work they’re about to do. And although the movements may be familiar and the order often recognisable, it would be foolish to assume that you can just “go through the motions” and come away as prepared as you can be.

Warm ups incorporate cardio-respiratory elements to elevate the heart rate and body temperature, along with movements to dynamically warm the entire body. But there’s more to focus on and it’s every bit as crucial as the obvious physical part. Your mental focus, your brain’s connection to your body, known as a neuromuscular warm up, tied in with your breath, are fundamental elements of your warm up AND your workout. What you establish in the warm up will give you a foundation for the rest of the class. Think about your To Do list for the day and chat with your friends and you’ll miss out. Not only that, but you’ll likely distract your friends too and deprive them of the opportunity to be at their best.

There’s a very old saying that goes something like, “the universe is Mental”. It basically means that you create your reality and your universe from your mind and how you choose to perceive your world. Everything else flows from there. This goes for everything in our world; in terms of class, we’re talking about establishing a mental state and focus that sets you up to perform at your prime for the entirety of the lesson. Although you might not understand all of the technical theory behind each movement or exercise, feel into each one. Where do you feel it? What brings up discomfort/ pain? Where are you the most tight? What range of motion is feeling free today and what feels limited? Where do you instinctively hold your breath and what movements have the most flow for you? Notice your instructor’s alignment and how they direct you to perform each movement or position. Where is your body most resistant to go? If you are busy chatting, letting your mind wander or talking down to yourself, you’ll miss all of this and that will set the pattern for the following hour.

Pole is not the easiest of apparatus (which is why we take so much joy in mastering it). It’s a combination of dance and acrobatics that demands accuracy and effort. At the very least, a lack of attention prevents us from “getting” moves; at the other end, there is the risk of injury. True success comes down to you taking on ownership, along with your instructor, for the quality of your training. It’s your class, your body, your pole adventure. Make it the best it can be!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! At this time of year, the word from many studios, gyms and trainers is “New Year, New You”. I prefer a phrase with a more useful tilt: New Year, Same You, New Focus. The beginning of a new year is a great time to set a new focus, whether that be for your health, fitness, nutrition, better sleep, relationships, travel, or maybe just to put down your phone and pick up a book more often. Same you, new direction!

For myself, am focused on expanding my work as an instructor and sharing what I have learned through study and personal experience with students around the world. I am also looking forward to creating more performing opportunities and getting back on stage as often as possible.

Bring on 2017!

On The Road Again

As a full time coach and athlete, I’ve loved having months on end at home here in Vegas to fine tune my own training. Consistent training, nutrition and recovery is so important! But I’ve also missed my On The Road adventures. I’ve missed connecting with dancers in other places. So this month I’m setting off for a very special weekend in Seattle. I’ll be featuring in The Bordeaux Project’s Vertical Cabaret: Femme Fatale and also teaching workshops, all hosted by Pole Fitness Seattle.